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Celine Dion Shocked by 'Package' at BMAs

5/23/2016 8:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0523-celine-dion-and-son-billboard-awards-GETTY-01Celine Dion had no clue her 15-year-old son would be presenting her ICON Award at the Billboard Music Awards ... even though producers talked about it right in front of her.   

That's because they used a code word for Rene-Charles during rehearsals. Our production sources tell us Celine's son was referred to as "the package" all weekend. This was the first time he had been to one of his mother's award shows ... which added to the surprise for Celine, we're told. 

For keeping the secret, the teenager scored an awesome reward -- a backstage pic with Rihanna.

Oh, and Mom was really happy. That was good too.  

What a night! #billboards2016

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Madonna & Stevie Wonder Makin' It 'Purple Rain'

5/22/2016 8:17 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Madonna just paid respect to the Purple One in epic fashion ... bringing out Stevie Wonder for a duet of Prince's famous track.

With the Billboard Music Awards dripping in purple ... Madge and Stevie would've made him proud.

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Kim Kardashian Greatest 'Nude' Acceptance Speech

5/17/2016 8:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Kim Kardashian made it abundantly clear she knows exactly what pays the bills -- her naked body, and she's vowing to give you more of it.

Kim K earned the first ever "Break the Internet" honor at the Webby Awards Monday night in New York, and did her own version of a mic drop when she accepted the trophy. 

Kim was honored for her powerful social media presence, which includes her massively popular Kimoji app and mobile game.

Check out her speech. Kobe's got, "Mamba out" ... and now Kim has these 5 words.    

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Kesha 'Statement' Act Set For Billboard Music Awards

5/11/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0510-kesha-tmz-01Kesha is prepping for a "statement performance" at the Billboard Music Awards and Dr. Luke will be the prime focus ... TMZ has learned.  

Sources close to Kesha tell us the singer is gearing up for a marquee performance during the live May 22 show on ABC from Las Vegas. We're told she's planning to make direct references to her ongoing legal battle with Dr. Luke ... and might even include images of him. 

She might have already given us a taste of what's to come after a not-so-subtle reference to the Sony producer when she covered Lady Gaga's "Til It Happens To You" last week.

Considering she's going to have a network TV audience ... it's a bold move, and one you know Dr. Luke will be watching closely.  

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Oscars Girl Scouts Troop The $65,000 Lie ... We Barely Got Crumbs

3/11/2016 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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The Oscars or the Girl Scouts -- or some mystery benefactor ... is hanging 28 little girls out to dry -- after swearing Chris Rock's bit earned $65k ... we've learned the money is nowhere to be found. 

You'll recall Rock and the Oscars got Inglewood, CA's Girl Scouts Troop 5215 to work the crowd of celebs, hawking Thin Mints, Tagalongs and more. Near the end of the show, Chris said they raised $65k.

But Latoya Edwards, whose daughter is in Troop 5215 tells TMZ someone's screwing them over. She claims the National Girl Scout Council informed them the Academy would be donating the $65k to the Greater L.A. Council ... but that hasn't happened, and the Academy isn't returning calls.

Mind you, Troop 5215 isn't getting rich quick. Edwards says due to nonprofit rules her local chapter would only get $1,000 of that money, but her bigger concern is her scouts are getting used in a public relations lie.

Previously Girls Scouts of America and the Academy both bragged about the $65k they'd raised -- but now GSA seems to be wiping its hands clean. A rep would only tell us, "The donation process is determined by local councils."

Translation: We have no idea where the $65k is. Edwards claims the Greater L.A. leaders are also in the dark and as for the Academy? We contacted reps, but no word back yet.

Edwards says her Girl Scouts were honored to participate -- and is happy they were able to unload 400 boxes -- but she wants the world to know, as of now, there is NO fat check pouring into the Inglewood chapter. 

And yes ... that's how it crumbles.

Celebrity Priest Slams Oscars Over 'Spotlight' They're Hypocrites!

3/2/2016 10:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Father Robert Sirico -- a celebrity in his own right for his political and cultural commentary -- eviscerated the Academy for embracing "Spotlight" while it celebrated a child molester in its own ranks.

We got the Catholic Priest -- who writes for the NY Times -- and asked about the church scandal that became the centerpiece of the movie.  

You gotta hear his answer ... and he's right. Roman Polanski won Best Director in 2003 for "The Pianist," the same time The Boston Globe was breaking the molestation stories.

Polanski pled guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old girl and then fled the country ... he's never returned.

Check out the video from 2003, below. The applause for Polanski was thunderous and the standing ovation remarkable. 

Will Smith Between a Rock and a Hard Place

3/2/2016 5:32 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Will Smith's in a tough position ... does he attack Chris Rock for throwing shade on Jada at the Oscars, or does he say, all's fair in love and war?

Will chose neither option Tuesday night as he left Nobu restaurant in NYC.

Public Enemy Outraged Oscars Used 'Fight the Power'

3/1/2016 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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The Oscars made a statement by playing Public Enemy's "Fight the Power," and now the group has a statement to the Oscars ... they're pissed off.

Group member Professor Griff tells us he thinks the Academy was just paying lip service to black protesters and will go right back to business as usual. 

Griff says Public Enemy is all about change -- radical change -- and the Academy's efforts fly in the face of that. He adds, "The show can't claim the blackness of Public Enemy's message."

That said, Public Enemy does not have rights to license the song ... Universal Music does.

So the man wins again.

Oscars Girl Scout Skit $65k Not Raised ... Scouts Honor

2/29/2016 2:48 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0229-chris-rock-girlscout-cookies-oscars-ABC-01Chris Rock made it look like his battle cry raised a fortune for the Girl Scouts ... sadly, it did not.

A Girl Scout rep tells us they sold around 500 boxes of cookies at $5 a pop. That comes to $2,500 ... far short of the Oscar tote board revealing a grand total of $65,243. 

A rep for the Scouts tells us the $65k number was just a joke ... for the skit.

It's possible some of the audience members ordered boxes that would be delivered at a future date.

And it looked like the beneficiaries of the loot were the troop in which his daughters -- Lola and Zahra -- are members. Turns out the money is going to a different troop ... the one based in Inglewood, CA. His daughters are members of a New York-based Girl Scouts troop.

Nonetheless ... still a good night's work for the Girl Scouts.

Kate Winslet Felt Up, Not Pregnant

2/29/2016 12:17 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0229-kate-winslet-baby-bump-dress-AP-01Kate Winslet is not pregnant, she just has a nice felt dress.

Photos have been circulating showing Cate Blanchett and Brie Larson chatting with Winslet during Sunday night's Oscars ... and Blanchett appeared to be touching Winslet's belly, which is woman code for "OMG YOU'RE PREGNANT! THAT'S AMAZING!"

But a source close to Winslet tells TMZ the "Titanic" star is not with child, she was simply showing off the material on her dress to the ladies. 

False alarm.

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Michelle Rodriguez Yeah, I Shaved My Pits ... But NOT Just for Oscars

2/29/2016 12:21 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Michelle Rodriguez was all cleaned up for Oscar night -- specifically in the armpit area -- and she's blaming her smooth look on peer pressure.

The notoriously unshaven star attended the Vanity Fair party Sunday night, and flaunted her freshly-shaved pits. At first glance, you'd think she cleaned up because it's a fancy schmancy event -- but she set us straight Monday morning at LAX.

M-Rod says she was feeling the heat long before she slipped into her Oscar night gown, and she doesn't seem happy about it.

We say ... if it makes you happy, Michelle ... let it grow!

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Chris Rock Took It Easy On Will & Jada ... Says Pal Donnell Rawlings

2/29/2016 11:53 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Chris Rock actually pulled his punches when it came to Will and Jada Pinkett Smith because his rehearsals were way more brutal ... according to one of his friends.

Donnell Rawlings, who's worked with Rock for years, told us Chris warmed up days before the Oscars by doing a few gigs at The Comedy Store.

Monday morning at LAX, Donnell told us if people were shocked Sunday night, they wouldn't believe what Chris really had to say. He also says the stuff that was cut out ... isn't necessarily dead.  

Dr. Luke How Dare You Kesha Gaga Wasn't Singing About You

2/29/2016 8:37 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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022916-dr-luke-keshaDr. Luke is not letting Kesha get away with embracing Lady Gaga for Sunday night's Oscars performance ... he's lashed out at her saying "Til It Happens to You" has nothing to do with her.

Luke is responding to Kesha's tweet, "thank you @ladygaga and VP @JoeBiden for bringing attention to sexual assault at the oscars.  it hit very close to my heart for obvious reasons."

Luke's attorney, Christine Lepera, tells TMZ, "Ms. Sebert [Kesha], who in sworn videotaped testimony from 2011 stated that she had never been sexually abused or drugged by Dr. Luke is neither a victim nor the appropriate person to be held up as an example for this important issue." 

0228-kesha-barbados-boyfriend-AKM-GSI-01Kesha -- who's vacationing in Turks and Caicos -- claims Luke threatened her into denying allegations of rape during the depo. 

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